Cool, people asked me a lot of questions regarding my new board. I’ll take the time to talk about it
Yes, since the end of 2017 I’m also riding a fully beast mode’d-out Trampa powered by @Nowind Etoxx drives. And no, I haven’t made a topic about it, maybe I will… but not now.
The urge to make a new street board came from having to deal with the insane noise my Trampa makes and also from the lack of range it has. So during the (end of) summer of last year I started planning this build. I made a list of criteria:
- 30+ km range
- As quiet as possible (FOC)
- Needs to look as much like a normal longboard
- 90mm+ wheels (83mm on my old streetboard was to bumpy)
- Dual drive (belt or hub?)
- Easily taken into the cinema (go there multiple times a month)
- Water resistant
- Plug ‘n play charging
- Changable profiles
At that time, I didn’t really decided on the exact parts and deck yet. The Trampa worked great and I figured that this would be a great winter project. Order parts and wait for them to arrive in ease and have the board ready to ride when spring would hit.
I was eyeballing those Carvon boards for a while and had some contact with Carvon about the possibility to order the speeddrive separately, but that wasn’t possible.
You’re probably familiar with that special moment. You are in your bed, about to go to sleep but decide to just have a quick surf on the interwebs before doing so? Well I did exactly that, and my sleepy eyes fell on the magic words ‘Carvon v4 Group Buy’. I think I’m one of the only Europeans who joined, because it went live on such an inconvenient time at night. So many people joined so quick, it was full before most people on this side of the ocean noticed it the next morning. Yep, that was one lucky quick interweb surf there.
Around December I think it was, @monkey32 had another groupbuy for focboxes. I got the two in my Trampa from him, so joined his new groupbuy to get another 2 for my new street board.@monkey32.
Well, fast forward a couple months, January of ’18, the Carvon was supposed to arrive any time now. I had been thinking about the other parts now and decided to go for a LY Evo deck. Achievable speeds with the Speeddrive where going to be high, with 97mm wheels and 12s battery (the recommended parts) the top speed would be about 90 km/h or 55 mph. So the wedged design would be great to combat speed wobbles and provide enough space for the big battery for the long range I wanted as well.
I reached out to @fottaz for an enclosure + battery combi and he supplied me with the necessary parts. Especially the enclosure needed to be perfect this time. The one on my first street board was not water resistant and wasn’t properly fitted to the deck. Alberto’s ABS enclosures come with a nice waterproof gasket, so this was going to be perfect!@fottaz
Drooling around the forum the x-things from @akhlut got my attention. When I saw that @Deckoz asked for a special ‘EVO’ engraved version, I knew this was it. After ordering and receiving them I took the time to customize them a little bit and give them some paint. Here the name rusty evo was born. After accidentally scraping off some black paint, the used and worn look really got my attention and I sanded them down again and deliberately scratched them. Leaving only the engraved ‘EVO’ letters and some parts on the side covered black.@akhlut came in, raw and clean.
Unfortunately, in the meantime, Carvon was having trouble informing their customers about what was going on with the drives. So I had almost everything ready… and was only waiting for the drive. As I ordered 97mm flywheels from Sickboards.
Fast forward a couple months again, to last month, May. Out of the blue Jerry was supposed to be active on the forum through PM. I tried contacting him, with success. He immediately provided me with a tracking number of my speeddrive, which I picked up couple days later at the local post center.@Exiledd_Top!
This was also the first time I worked with the Vesc Tool and ran two focboxes in CAN. The option to switch profiles in the Metr.at app from @rpasichnyk was something on my list. So upgrading to the latest firmware was a must.
Finally, I was able to put everything together and have version one of the Rusty Evo ready to ride. I got to say, this thing is amazing. It checks all the boxes. The last weeks I easily did 200kms on it. Because of some gps issues with Metr and Android Oreo I got a lot of app crashes and lost some ride data. That’s all fixed now thanks to @rpasichnyk. On average this thing does 7 Wh/km.
I also tried 107s from @e.board_solutions but on 20% throttle I was already going 30km/h… a little too much. Torque also wasn’t that great, not that it had any problems though… I’m only 60kgs… But switched back to 97mm. Currently using a cruise profile with 80a/-110a motor amps and speed limited to 50km/h. Without limits this thing goes over 100… too much.
Last week, to match the width of the front truck with the speeddrive, I replaced the DIY TB 180mm front truck with a DIY TB 218mm truck which I ordered in May. To get a bit more control and achieve a more stable ride I drove to Sickboards yesterday and got new bushings. Now rocking 90a Venoms on both the carvon and front truck.
Also planning to get the axles of the 218mm truck shortened a little bit, because I’m running the spacers on the outside now.
More updates will probably follow soon!